A battle of teams waiting for the end of the season to arrive takes place when the Orlando Magic (19-58) face the Cleveland Cavaliers (23-52) Sunday night. The game tips off at 6:00 pm ET from Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio and will be televised regionally on Fox Sports Florida and Fox Sports Ohio. Cleveland currently is a 5.5 point favorite with the over/under set at 205.5 points.
The Magic dropped their fourth straight and 12th in the last 13 with an 87-86 loss to Chicago Friday. Orlando cut a nine point lead to one with 1:33 to play but turned the ball over twice and was unable to get a shot. Beno Udrih led four Orlando players in double figures with a season-high 27 points. Nikola Vucevic (16 points, 15 rebounds) and Tobias Harris (12 points, 11 rebounds) each had a double-double while DeQuan Jones had 10 off the bench. Orlando shot 42.5 percent from the floor playing without their starting backcourt of Jameer Nelson and Arron Afflalo, while committing 13 turnovers.
Orlando is 23rd in the league in scoring offense, averaging 94.2 points per game. Afflalo leads the Magic in scoring, averaging 16.5 points per game. Harris has played well since coming over from Milwaukee in the deal that sent J.J. Redick to the Bucks, putting in 15.9 points and 8.2 rebounds in 22 games with the team. Glen Davis was averaging 15.1 points and 7.2 boards a game before he had surgery on his foot. Nelson (14.7 points, team-high 7.4 assists) is a veteran at the point and Vucevic (12.6 points, 2nd in the league in rebounding with 11.6 per game) is developing well in the pivot.
E’Twaun Moore, Andrew Nicholson, Maurice Harkless, Udrih and Jones are younger players that may eventually make up the core of Orlando’s team but for now are gaining valuable experience. The Magic are 23rd in the league, allowing opponents 100.9 points per game.
The Cavaliers snapped a 10 game slide with a 97-91 road win over the Celtics Friday. Tristan Thompson led four Cleveland players in double figures with 29 points and 17 rebounds. Alonzo Gee (16 points, 10 rebounds) posted a double-double, Wayne Ellington chipped in 12 points and Kyrie Irving added 11 for Cleveland. The Cavaliers connected on just 40.4 percent from the floor but dominated the glass, grabbing 58 rebounds to Boston’s 42. They also sank 22 of 26 free throws, while Boston finished 13 of 22.
Cleveland is 17th in the league in scoring offense, averaging 96.8 points per game. Irving leads the way with team-highs in points (22.8) and assists (5.7) per game. Waiters has had a solid rookie season, scoring 14.7 points per night while Marreese Speights averages 11.1 points and 5.4 rebounds since coming over in a trade. Thompson (11.5 points, team-high 9.3 rebounds) has been effective down low, while C.J. Miles (11.3) and Gee (10.3) are capable secondary options on the offensive end. The Cavaliers miss the presence of Anderson Varejao (14.1 points, 14.4 rebounds) on both ends of the floor.
Shaun Livingston, Ellington (10.5 points in 31 games with Cleveland), Tyler Zeller, Daniel Gibson and Luke Walton all see minutes off the bench. Cleveland struggles defensively; they rank 25th in the league, allowing opponents 101.5 points per game.
Head to Head Matchup
Orlando leads the all-time regular season series between the teams 48-39. Cleveland has taken two of three this season; their win on February 8 snapped a ten game Orlando win streak in the series.
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